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State of Forcecom, March 2012
Greetings Marines,
I am would like to thank the 2nd and 3rd Brigades for the great Joint Summit and Joint Brigade Muster that your Brigades put on the weekend of the 15-17th of March.

It was great to meet some new friends and catch up with some old friends.  I would like to congratulate the following marines on being awarded the Valour awards

2nd Brigade
Cross of Valour
Lt Gen Sunnie Planthold
Sword of Valour
General Barbara Paul
Shield of Valour
Brigadier Mark Anderson
Legion of Valour
645th MSG

3rd Brigade
Cross of Valour
Marine Captain MaxTriola
Sword of Valour
Brigadier Christopher O’Banion
Shield of Valour
Colonel Cathey Osborne
Legion of Valour
300th MSG

The following numbers were gotten from the Brigade Reports

The Corps has the following

524 Active Marines
453 Reserve Marines

105 units reported

48 Marines participated in the SFMC Reading Challenge

After going through the last Brigade reports the following was gleaned

The Largest Brigade is the 1st Brigade
The Largest Marine Unit is the 888th from the 17th Brigade

I would like to commend they marines that are participating in the Reading Challenge this year,

I have seen a increase in participants for example last year the 3rd Brigade submitted 49,000 pages and so for this year they have submitted over 85,000 pages

I thought I would share with you the stuff about SFMC Reading Challenge again

The STARFLEET Marine Corps Reading Challenge is a friendly contest conducted by FORCECOM of the STARFLEET Marine Corps to encourage reading at all ages. Members of the SFMC read as many books as they can in a certain set period of time and compete in categories such as most pages read by a single marine (Adult/Cadet), Marine Strike Group (Adult/Cadet), and Brigade (Adult/Cadet). To participate all a marine has to do is read books and report them to their MSG OIC for inclusion in their by-monthly reports. This information is then passed up the chain of command to COFORCECOM. For more details including eligibility and submission requirements please see the section below.

The Details
Who runs this contest?: FORCECOM of the STARFLEET Marine Corps runs this contest with the consent of the STARFLEET Marine Corps General Staff.

Contest period: COFORCECOM determines the start and end dates for the contest. Normally the contest runs from STARFLEET International Conference to STARFLEET International Conference. However this can change. Any changes in the contest period must be published at least six (6) months in advance in the Attention on Deck! Extra, Attention on Deck!, and the Corps email list. Please note that this contest may be discontinued at any time by COFORCECOM or the SFMC Commandant.

Contest Eligibility: Any and all marines of all ages in good standing in STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association Inc., andSTARFLEET Marine Corps may participate. Cadets (as outlined in the SFMC Cadet Manual) may participate in this challenge; however they compete against other Cadets and not adults. All submissions must be made through the chain-of-command; direct submissions to FORCECOM will automatically be discarded. To be considered an eligible submission all the following information must appear on a Brigade’s report to FORCECOM for each marine:

1.      Marine's full name
2.      Marine's SCC number
3.      Marine's age (for Cadets)
4.      Title of Book
5.      Author of Book
6.      Page count
7.      ISBN number or publishers information

Failure to include all the above information will result in that submission being discarded. COFORCECOM is not responsible for any lost or incomplete submissions.

Contest Eligible Material: Books in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, mystery, sci-fi, thriller, romance, etc... are eligible and can be either in printed or electronic form (Kindle, Nook, PDF, etc..).  Books and materials such as newspapers, magazines, comic books, cook books, and other such books are not eligible. Audio Books can only be used if the participant has a physical impairment or condition (blindness, dyslexia, etc…) which prevents them from reading a printed book. Marines using audio books must include the same information as a printed book. Page counts for audio books are determined by using the page count from the latest printed edition of the audio book in question.

Contest Winners:
Adult and Cadet winners are chosen in categories for;
1. Most pages read by a single marine: Winners are determined by adding up all of an individual’s reported number of pages read.
2. Most pages read by a Marine Strike Group (MSG): Winners are determined by taking the total number of reported pages read by a MSG and dividing that number by the total number of marines on that MSG’s roster on the contest end date. This averaged number is then compared to other MSG’s numbers and the winner is the MSG with the highest average number of pages read.
3. Most pages read by a Brigade (BDE): Winners are determined by taking the total number of reported pages read by a BDE and dividing that number by the total number of marines on that BDE’s roster that participated in the contest. This averaged number is then compared to other BDE’s numbers and the winner is the BDE with the highest average number of pages read.

Note: There is no category for Battalions since many Brigades choose not to use them.

Contest Awards and Prizes: Any contest awards and prizes awarded to winners are determined by the STARFLEET Marine Corps General Staff.

Current Prizes:
Individuals: It has been decided that since it is a Challenge that the Individual winner of the SFMC Reading Challenge will win a SFMC Challenge coin.
MSGs and BDEs: For the Unit and the Brigade Level Winners they will receive a Reading Challenge streamer.

I would encourage all Marines out there to participate in the Reading challenge. Something suggested to me once that it could be used to by a unit to challenge another unit, or you could have a battalion in one Brigade challenge another battalion in that brigade Just remember it is all for fun and reading improves your mind and your general fund of knowledge.

If you ever have any questions about starting a marine unit or about marine awards or unit reporting or the reading challenge please email me

Yours in service to the corps

John Kiwi Kane
Master Gunnery Sergeant, SFMC
Commanding Officer, Forces Command